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Ethics noun A person who acts on the behalf of or speaks for another—e.g., for a cause or plea, often in the context of a legal proceeding.
verb To act or speak for another person or group of persons.
Law A person who speaks on behalf of others, protecting their rights.
MedspeakUK A person who can support a service user or carer through contact with health services. Advocates will attend meetings with patients and help service users or carers to express concerns or wishes to health care professionals. Although many people can act as an advocate (friend, relative, member of staff), advocacy services can be accessed through an NHS Trust.


Ethics noun (pron. ad´ ve ket) A person who acts on the behalf of or speaks for another–eg, for a cause or plea. See Amicus curiæ verb (pron. ad ve ka´t) To act or speak for another person or group of person


nursing A person who speaks on behalf of another.
[L. advocatus, counsel, supporter, fr. advoco, to consult]


n 1. in the medical field, a person who focuses on bolstering the patient's role and rights in making decisions about his or her health care.
2. one who assists another in legal matters; can be a professional or a layperson; may or may not work for a fee.
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Terry is a known strong advocator of raising industry standards.
FOR OVER 100 years, the TCPA, the first and foremost advocator of the Garden City concept, has promoted Howard's ideas and worked closely with various organisations involved in the development of the Garden City ideas.
In a world where fundamentalism is a fanatical advocator of violence; where new fundamentalists make "preventive wars" under the pretext of peace; in a world where old fundamentalists (those who took 500 years to "forgive" Galileo) want to put an end to the separation of Church and State, CELEBRATING IS NOT ENOUGH.
The Japanese people expect the prime minister, a staunch advocator of reforms, to take a leadership stance.
However, as a strong advocator of Ada as a rich and reliable programming language I believe that the napping from UML is a challenge worth embracing.
Christine was an active advocator of the new style mobile and has been a member of the mobile libraries consortia management team.
If this writer's reassessment is valid in regard to the community residents' rationalization as stated in the article, however, social workers need to play more advocator and educator roles.
Bull is a strong advocator of the switch to an e-government and has already carried out integration projects for the Inland Revenue, MOD, DSS and Probation Service.
Much to the dismay of contemporary geologists and geographers, he was a great advocator of the theory that the Himalayan range is prolonged northeastwards from the loop of the Tsangpo (Yarlung Zangbo Jiang) across southeastern Tibet and into China, and also believed that the tremendous gorges that score China from north to south were eroded valleys of rivers crossing the axis of the main range.
It asks the couple to write a personal history and assigns a field advocator to help.